RIP Barbara Meyers

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E-Book/Kindle Workshop @ Lawler Public Library

Need help using your e-book? A workshop is being planned at the Lawler Public Library on Saturday, April 12,  2014 @ 10:00 am. Walk-ins are welcome, but they prefer that you call the library to reserve a spot for yourself (563.238.2191). The comfort level with presenters will be with the Kindle products, but they should be able to assist you with other products, as well.

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Swimming in New Hampton Pool

Not sure whether Lawler kids  still take ‘swimming lessons’ at New Hampton Pool…but here is my experience back in 1954. It was published in the New Hampton Tribune and Des Moines Register in March 2014 almost 60 years after it happened:

High Board Anxiety

With winter soon to be in our rear view mirror and summer hanging on to the heels of spring, I have been thinking about my youth in Lawler; and the thrill of learning new things each season. One such event was the year I learned to swim at the pool in nearby New Hampton.

I am guessing it was circa 1954 when my 10th birthday had arrived. To be able to swim in the ‘deep end’ without supervision, it was necessary to be approved by an instructor, but only  after performing proficiency in floating, back floating, breast stroke and other such tests. There was one, indeed, which required overcoming a phobia ingrained in me: I am afraid of heights.

The east end of New Hampton Municipal Pool at the time had five diving boards. The high board in the middle was approximately 10 feet above the water. To me it might as well have been 100 feet and terrified me! Below it on both sides were middle boards, probably five feet above the water, and on the outside of these, low boards a couple feet above splash down.

I had completed every task except bounding off the high board. The high school girl swimming instructor urged me on, “Don’t worry. You can do this. I’ll be here to catch you the minute you hit the water! It’s okay to jump. You don’t have to dive.”

Frankly, I did not share her optimism. Simply getting to the end of the board was ominous enough, let alone leaping to certain death at the end of that sojourn. “Nope,” I hollered down, “can’t do it.”

“Sure you can, Bill. Run out quickly and leap without thinking. It will all be over in a couple of seconds and you’ll be so proud of what you did. It’s the only thing left to pass your test,” she coaxed.

Buying time, and secretly hoping that the horn signaling the end of swimming lessons would blast, I asked, “Is it okay if I sit down and push myself to the end of the board?”

“That would be fine,” she agreed, much to my chagrin. “Do whatever it takes to get to the end of the board and then drop into the pool. But hurry. We are running out of time today.”

Now the rest of what happened is somewhat cloudy in my mind. After all, it was 60 years ago and sometimes a little difficult to separate historical fact from fiction. But I recall that time stood still, everyone else departed from the pool to watch, and the instructor looked up at me with a conglomeration  of empathy, exasperation, hope, and evil in her eyes.

Now I was doomed. She had agreed to my demands and there was no honorable way out. My buddies, the Timlins, Scallys and Leonards, who could do double back flips off the high board, would surely never let me forget this moment if I chickened out.

So, ever so slowly, I crept out toward the end of the board lifting my rump with my arms. She looks up. I look down. All eyes are on my next move. My white knuckles are velcroed to the diving board. My 10-year-old heart is pounding.

“Jump, Bill. You can do this. Close your eyes and jump!”

I really want to please her and want to get this over with and want my stupid buddies to look the other way, but I’m terrified. And not even half way to the end of the board.

“Come on. Do it. I will be so proud of you.” But for some inexplicable reason she turned her head, just for a split second.

At that very minute I did it! I pushed myself off the side of the board into the depths of the deep end at the east end of New Hampton Municipal Swimming Pool. Seconds later I came up to surface grinning as if I had successfully leapt off the Grand Canyon into swirling rapids.

And she missed it! Well, she probably heard it. But she didn’t see it.

Since I’m  70, she must now be in her mid to late 70s. I wish I knew her name so that I could thank her and apologize for taking so much of her time and energy that sunny summer 1954 morning. Hopefully, she will read this and remember the little red headed kid from Lawler who listened to and heeded her urging. She was able to sign my ‘Certificate of Passing’ to allow me the right to swim alone in the deep end.

One last thing. You might be wondering how many times I’ve since jumped off a high board in the six ensuing decades since that momentous occasion. The answer to that question:  Zero. I’m afraid of heights!

Bill Sheridan

8106 Brookview Drive – Urbandale, IA 50322

515.669.4913 (Cell)                    515.276.4790 (Landline)

March 2014 City Council Meeting Minutes

Lawler City Council Meeting Minutes

Regular Meeting   March 3, 2014   7:00 PM   City Hall

Mayor Mueterthies presided.

Council members present: Izer, King, Scheidel, Throndson & Zubrod

Others present: Orlo Njus, Chris Njus, Jay Uhlenhake, Anita Franzen, Deb Speltz, Rebecca Fayer, Betsy Roesler & Frank Wilson.

Moved by King, seconded by Zubrod to approve the Agenda with the addition of sandbag stroage discussion. All Ayes.

Moved by Zubrod, seconded by Throndson to approve the minutes of the previous meeting and approve the bills presented to be paid. All Ayes.

Hawkeye REC Service

$23,636.79

Treasurer State of Iowa Sales tax

$1,045.00

United States Treasury FICA, with

$1,420.14

IPERS February

$935.72

Salaries Salaries

$5,288.54

Jendro Sanitation Garbage-February

$2,072.70

Post Office Postage

$117.55

United Parcel Service shipping

$334.99

Windstream February

$78.42

Black Hills Energy natural gas

$329.45

Marshall & Swift rental

$37.12

CASH, Inc. fuel & supplies

$345.60

Five Star Coop fuel

$292.88

New Hampton Tribune proceedings

$69.96

Schueth Hardware supplies

$19.98

Bodensteiner Imp. parts

$315.21

Franzen Sales& Service blade

$191.21

Pollard pest control

$54.50

Klimish Motor Sales parts

$73.00

Hawkins, Inc. water supplies

$331.50

Blazek Corporation water main repair

$1,682.10

Westrum Leak Detection leak locate

$762.50

Region 1 AWWA class fee

$20.00

Mic’s Plumbing & Heating frozen water line

$442.98

Team Lab road patch

$448.28

 

Total  

$40,808.12

 

Library Bills  

 

IPERS February

$152.50

Cathy Humpal wages

$1,024.88

MORE Magazine subscription

$20.00

INGRAM books

$158.86

Midwest Tapes dvd’s

$172.13

Windstream January

$83.10

Midwest Living subscription

$19.97

 

Library Total  

$1,631.44

 

February Receipts

General

$235.20

Property Tax

$94.76

Road Use Tax

$5,093.98

Local Option Tax

$3,248.05

Library

$0.00

Charges for Services

$44,885.90

Total  

$53,557.89

Rebecca Fayer from Chickasaw Connections gave a presentation on statistics of underage drinking.  Deb Speltz and Betsy Roesler also answered questions about the mission of Chickasaw Connections.  The Council decided to place signs in the parks regarding alcohol consumption.

Moved by King, seconded by Zubrod to sign a declaration to support alcohol awareness month during the month of April.  All Ayes.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Izer to open the public hearing on the FY 2014/2015 budget estimate at 7:15 PM.  All Ayes  There were no oral or written comments or objections at this time.

Moved by King, seconded by Scheidel to close the public hearing on the FY 2014/2015 budget estimate.  All Ayes.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Zubrod to adopt the FY 2014/2015 budget estimate.  All Ayes.

There was no new information on Irish Fest plans.  The application for the beer permit was not submitted and will be put on the agenda for the next meeting.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Izer to approve the Starlite Ballroom liquor license renewal.  All Ayes.

Discussion on the gold cart ordinance was tabled for the next meeting.

Amendments for a new law enforcement contract were reviewed.  The City would like these changes to be incorporated into a new contract.  Supervisor Byrne and the Sheriff will be contacted regarding a new contract.

Moved by King, seconded by Zubrod to accept the bid of $3,150.00 from Bodensteiner Imp to trade the lawn mower for a John Deere X754 plus deck.  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Zubrod to accept the bid of $3,850.00 from Bodensteiner Imp for a John Deere 60 in. heavy-duty rotary broom.  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Zubrod to accept the bid of $44,200.00 from Bodensteiner Imp to trade the tractor for a John Deere 6125M and H340 loader plus weights. All Ayes.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Zubrod to enter into a six year loan agreement with John Deere to finance the purchase of a John Deere 6125M tractor and H340 loader.  All Ayes.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by King to appoint Jason Byrne as the City representative on the Turkey River Watershed Board.  All Ayes.

Spring Cleanup Day will be on May 16th.  The City will not be picking up appliances this year.  The TV, monitor and microwave pickup will be the same as last year.

The Fire Dept. no longer wants to store sandbags.  In the future the sandbags will be stored in the City Shop.  Ken Rasing will be contacted to check on the availability of sandbags to have on hand.

Moved by King, seconded by Izer to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 PM.  All Ayes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

______________________________

Sue Cutsforth, City Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Stew Supper

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St. Patrick’s Stew Supper
Sponsored by the Lawler Irish Fest

Date: March 22, 2014
Time: 5:00 ~ 8:00p.m.
Where: Lawler Iowa
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Basement

Cost:
$7.50 in Advance
$8.00 at the Door
$5.00 for ages 6-12
5 and under Free

Come and join us for great food and great live Irish music.

Meal:
Homemade Irish Stew
Biscuits
Coleslaw
Bars and Cookies

RIP Robert “Bob” Arens

Click here for Bob Aren obituary.

February City Council Meeting Minutes

Lawler City Council Meeting Minutes

 Regular Meeting   February 3, 2014   7:00 PM   City Hall

Mayor Mueterthies presided.

Council members present: Izer, King, Scheidel, Throndson & Zubrod

Others present: Alan Powell, Roger Dreckman, Tony Blazek, Jerry Vrzak, Jay Uhlenhake, Paul Rosenbaum, Janel Kuennen, Kurt Croell & Curt Franzen.

Moved by King, seconded by Izer to approve the Agenda. All Ayes.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Zubrod to approve the minutes of the previous meeting and approve the bills presented to be paid. All Ayes.

Hawkeye REC Service

$20,975.70

Treasurer State of Iowa Sales tax

$1,067.00

United States Treasury FICA, with

$1,420.14

IPERS January

$935.72

Salaries Salaries

$5,288.54

Jendro Sanitation Garbage-January

$2,130.44

Post Office Postage

$117.00

United Parcel Service shipping

$229.70

Windstream January

$72.83

Black Hills Energy natural gas

$358.59

Marshall & Swift rental

$37.12

CASH, Inc. fuel & supplies

$274.38

Stanton Electric electric repairs

$175.12

Five Star Coop fuel

$370.30

Fehr Graham well improvement services

$965.00

Dean’s Carpet Cleaning floor cleaning

$472.50

Zip’s parts

$68.84

Olsgard Auto Sales cutting edge

$268.66

IAMU energy efficiency report

$200.00

Sensus autoread software renewal

$1,524.60

Bodensteiner Imp. parts

$162.13

Test America water testing

$53.50

 

Total  

$37,629.81

 

Library Bills  

 

IPERS January

$154.98

Cathy Humpal wages

$1,041.59

The Courier subscription

$66.69

Iowa Library Association dues

$50.00

INGRAM books

$67.34

Midwest Tapes dvd’s

$88.16

Petty Cash postage & supplies

$78.67

Windstream December

$82.78

This Old House subscription

$26.00

People subscription

$116.07

 

Library Total  

$1,772.28

 

January Receipts

General

$1,409.45

Property Tax

$567.57

Road Use Tax

$2,901.71

Local Option Tax

$3,248.04

Library

$445.00

Charges for Services

$33,926.85

FEMA State Share

$1,662.55

Total  

$44,161.17

The council discussed garbage pickup concerns and spring cleanup day with Alan Powell from Jendro Sanitation.

Curt Franzen from the Starlite Ballroom discussed concerns with parking and traffic flow during the Irish Fest weekend.

The Irish Fest Committee presented a draft of parking, street closings, beer garden and activities for the Irish Fest weekend to the council.

It was decided to have the City Attorney draft a golf cart ordinance and it will be reviewed at the next meeting.

The new Law Enforcement Contract should be completed by the next meeting.

The council discussed three-phase electric hookups.  The cost of this service will not be paid for by the City in the future.

South Benz Street is not a truck route and is being used by trucks.  The City will put up new NO TRUCK signs on South Benz Street.

The FY 2014/2015 budget estimate was reviewed.

Moved by King, seconded by Zubrod to hold a public hearing on March 3, 2014 at 7:15 PM on the FY 2014/2015 budget estimate.  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Throndson to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 PM.  All Ayes.

______________________________

Sue Cutsforth, City Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIP John Ronald Kuennen

Former Lawler resident, John Kuennen, died Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

Click here for his obituary.

RIP Patrick D. Sheridan

Click here for obituary.

RIP Gary Decker

Long Lawler resident and businessman, Gary Decker, died on January 15, 2014.

Click here to view obituary.